ERIC Number: ED206728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Research and Evaluation in Regional Education Agencies: A Texas Perspective.
Roecks, Alan L.; Noonan, Albert J.
Texas is divided into 20 regions served by intermediate education agencies offering school districts the opportunity to receive specialized services normally beyond the reach of school systems. This report examines how one such regional educational agency in Region 20, which serves 50 districts in 14 counties, is organized to provide evaluation services to these districts. The process whereby the agency created an evaluation unit, organizationally independent of the programs it evaluates, is outlined. In addition some evaluation instruments utilized by the unit are described. Such instruments include the Levels of Use of the Innovation (a technique for collecting interview data), and the Using Evaluation Data Form which is prepared for all final Evaluation reports and documents the utilization of evaluation findings. The main body of the paper addresses issues regarding: (1) the funding of evaluation and research by federal and state competetive grants, special projects, and district contracts; (2) the relationship of the evaluation unit to the districts utilizing the services; (3) decision making regarding which evaluation projects are undertaken; (4) successes and problems associated with the use of regional evaluation services; and (5) changes which may facilitate more effective research and evaluation. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Levels of Use of the Innovation; Texas (San Antonio); Using Evaluation Data Form
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).